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Architectural and Urban Past

Research into the history of architecture, landscapes and the urban realm is critical to the continual re-shaping of our understandings of the past, and to the informing of creative responses in the present and future. The Faculty has an outstanding reputation in research in these directions. Profiled here are a selection of projects that include histories of institutions, key Australian and international architects, and new ways of engaging communities in their past.

 

Keywords

  • Architecture, Urban and Landscape Histories
  • Australian Architecture and Architects
  • Heritage and Conservation, Theory and Meaning
  • Institutional Buildings
  • Societies and Space

 

Selected Projects

Animating the Archive

The aim of this project is one of outreach to and engagement with cultural organisations to probe the future of innovative uptake of mobile and media technology.

Bauhaus Australia: Émigrés, Refugees and the Modernist Transformation of Education in Art, Architecture, and Design, 1930 to 1970

This project will research the extensive and under-documented history of a pedagogically informed modernism in Australia.

Campus: Building Modern Australian Universities

This interdisciplinary project will be the first comprehensive examination of the post-WWII evolution of the Australian campus.

Citizen Heritage: Digital and Community-based Histories of Place

This project explores new digital technologies to enhance the visibility of lesser-known precincts of urban heritage.

Designing Australian Schools: A Spatial History of Innovation, Pedagogy and Social Change

Designing Australia’s Schools is an historical, cross disciplinary study of innovations in the design of Australian primary and secondary schools across the twentieth century.

Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture

The first comprehensive reference text to be published on Australian architecture. Unique in its breadth and depth, and revealing new knowledge on architects, their buildings and the ways they designed and built them.

Glass at Work

This project identifies the evolution of glass products in the last century and the impact of glass products in the design and construction of tall commercial buildings.

Level-crossing removals: learning from Melbourne's experience

This research project aims to deepen understanding of the issues involved in level crossing removals.

Making Architectural Identity: The Architecture of John Andrews

This project will examine Andrews’ work, its contexts, influence, and consequences, for the first time from both North American and Australian perspectives.

Making Landscape Architecture in Australia

This book on the history of landscape architecture in Australia, the first of its kind, profiles the people who have shaped the nation's landscape.

Migration, cultural diversity and television: reflecting modern Australia

This project documents the evolving history of popular television and its contribution to national discussions about migration, cultural diversity and citizenship across six decades.

New Tools and Techniques for Learning in the Field

This project aimed to develop appropriate use of mobile devices for students undertaking fieldwork exercises.

Rethinking Modern Asia-Pacific Architectures: New Aesthetic Pedagogies International Workshop

A forum for critical reflection on the histories, pedagogies and practices of architecture in the Asia-Pacific.

Temporal Cities, Provisional Citizens: Architectures of Internment

This project explores how expertise in architecture and related fields was mobilised in the production of WWII internment environments and evaluates their legacy for histories of detention.

 

Online Resources

Australian Architectural Index

Originally prepared in 1976-86 with funding from the National Estate Program, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian Research Council. Digitised in 2008-9 under a grant from the Vera Moore Foundation.

Melbourne Mansions

Search the Melbourne Mansions database for mansions by name, architect, suburb and more.

The Photographs of E G Kilburn

This is a collection of photographs which were the property of the architect Edward George Kilburn (1859-1894). Although there are European photographs in the collection, the most interesting are those from the United States - a conspectus of what an Australian saw as cutting edge American architecture in 1889.

Formative Histories Walk

The Formative Histories Walking Tour is a guide to architecturally significant sites on Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia. Available from the iTunes website.

 

Researchers

Name
Title
Discipline
Contact
Lecturer in Architectural Design (Asian Architecture and Urbanism)
9035 5377
aachmadi@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 446, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Senior Lecturer in Design Theory
8344 7203
brea@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 416, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Senior Lecturer in Architectural Design
9035 9788
karen.burns@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 446, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Professor in Urban Futures
8344 4176
mark.burry@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 326, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Professor in Cultural Heritage
8344 7232
k.darian-smith@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 219, Arts West, Parkville
Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Architecture
8344 6426
p.goad@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 427, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Senior Lecturer in Architecture
8344 7167
derham@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 351, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Professor in Asian Architecture and Planning
8344 0062
qinghua@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 345, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Research Fellow
9035 3316
kyle.harvey@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 425, Melbourne School of Design (BN 133)
Deputy Dean
8344 7438
aewhuts@unimelb.edu.au
Room: Office of the Dean, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Professor
8344 7439
hlewi@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 431, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Post-Doctoral Researcher
8344 8327
rebecca.mclaughlan@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 425, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Research Assistant: Citizen Heritage project
andrew.murray@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 437, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning
8344 7596
nicholsd@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 349, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Associate Professor in Architecture
8344 8366
apieris@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 339, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urbanism
8344 7056
ajsaniga@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 438, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Chair in Construction
8344 8981
p.tombesi@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 432, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Professor of Architecture
8344 8839
walkp@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 426, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Dean
8344 7192
j.willis@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 428, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)
Associate Professor in Architecture
8344 7052
jianfz@unimelb.edu.au
Room: 439, Melbourne School of Design Building (BN 133)